NOW advocates for wide range of economic justice issues affecting women, from the glass ceiling to the sticky floor of poverty. These include welfare reform, livable wages, job discrimination, pay equity, housing, social security and pension reform, and much more.
Representative Nita Lowey has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act (H.R. 5024), dedicated to providing benefits to those who take time out of the workforce to care for loved ones. Urge your representative to become a cosponsor of this important bill!
Voting restrictions aimed at communities of color disproportionately impact women in those communities. A democracy can’t function this way. Your governor needs to hear from you today!
The Paycheck Fairness Act helps women fight the wage gap by requiring greater transparency from employers – who would have to show that wage differences are job-related and not gender-based — and protects employees from retaliation when they share information about compensation.
TAKE ACTION — Please urge your senators and representatives to take leadership in getting minimum-wage bills out of committee and to a successful floor vote!
Most Americans understand that Social Security is a vital tool for our economy and for millions of retired Americans. In 2011, our Social Security system kept more than 21 million people out of poverty, especially women of color and women who work at low-wage jobs.
Two and a half weeks ago, I was thrilled to open the annual conference of the National Organization for Women in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Albuquerque felt like the perfect place to meet up with activists and map out action plans to move the feminist agenda forward. Just a year ago, the women of Albuquerque formed an emergency coalition, Respect ABQ Women, to fight against a dangerous municipal anti-abortion ballot measure.
NOW’s #RealPay campaign was meant to draw attention to how race affects the gender pay gap, but it was also meant to highlight what “mainstream” feminist discourse has been struggling with for decades: inclusion.
To celebrate Father’s Day, we at NOW wanted to highlight the many ways in which everyone in our society – yes, including men – have benefited from the feminist movement.
Catherine Rampell writes for the Washington Post:”We listen when Kim Kardashian prattles on about “having it all” and when Tom Perkins mouths off about apportioning votes according to taxes paid. Why? Because, as Tevye the Milkman wisely surmised, “Whe… Read more »Read more
Sarah Kendzior writes for Politico Magazine: “Providing “fashion editorial” and “getting smart on global women’s issues” might seem like mutually exclusive goals. But for women profiled as political players, there is rarely a chance to choose between t… Read more »Read more
Mark Shrayber writes for Cosmopolitan: “Walmart is often seen as a magical wonderland that features low prices, huge selection, and sometimes, an in-store McDonald’s. But how often do you consider the men and women who work at the store? For many, the work is excruciating. And for single moms, surviving a job at the corporation is near impossible.”Read more
Terry O’Neill visited New York last Thursday to push the state legislature in Albany to pass Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed ten-point Women’s Equality Act, which hopes to end gender-based discrimination.Read more
Information from various sources on the necessity of Social Security and Medicare for women.
Women still are not receiving equal pay for equal work, let alone equal pay for work of equal value. This disparity not only affects women’s spending power, it penalizes their retirement security by creating gaps in Social Security and pensions.
In 2002, the National Organization for Women named Walmart a Merchant of Shame as part of its Women Friendly Workplace Campaign. Walmart’s dismal record contradicts the worker-friendly image it projects to the public. Join NOW in its campaign to demand changes in Walmart’s unfair practices.
NOW also reaffirms Walmart as a “Merchant of Shame” as part of its Women-Friendly Workplace Campaign. NOW chapters continue to lead countless community demonstrations at Walmart stores around the country to educate shoppers about Walmart’s exploitation of women.